snorkel

noun
snor·​kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl How to pronounce snorkel (audio) \
plural snorkels

Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plastic tube that allows a swimmer to breathe while keeping the head or face under the surface of the water He swam about 250 yards on the surface, using a snorkel to breathe, to get past the barren sandy bottom.— Brian Clark No complicated equipment—just a mask, snorkel, and fins, and you're set to explore a shimmering world of exotic fish and Technicolor coral.— Richard Alleman
2 : a tube housing air intake and exhaust pipes for a vehicle's engine that can be extended above the water's surface so that the engine can be operated while the vehicle is partially or fully submerged Water entered the snorkel of an Argentine submarine and caused one of its batteries to short circuit before the vessel went missing this month, a navy spokesman said Monday.Chicago Tribune Most need to be specially modified … with extra ground clearance to get over big rocks, an exhaust snorkel for river crossings, industrial-strength suspension, and an engine with enough torque to power through mud and sand.— Jerry Guo

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling\ ˈsnȯr-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce snorkel (audio) \

Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to operate or swim submerged using a snorkel

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Other Words from snorkel

Verb

snorkeler \ ˈsnȯr-​k(ə-​)lər How to pronounce snorkel (audio) \ noun

Examples of snorkel in a Sentence

Verb We snorkeled in the Caribbean on our vacation last year.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Plus, there are opportunities to parasail over the harbor, rent a wave-runner, snorkel, scuba dive, fish, cruise the waters or just sit back and enjoy the eclectic restaurants and quirky shops. Cassie Armstrong, orlandosentinel.com, "Relax, you’re on (Sanibel) island time," 12 Nov. 2020 While the engine's growl remains subdued even under high loads, the snorkel system emits a delicious hiss that can be modulated with the throttle and reliably manages to turn heads while prowling the city. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2020 Volkswagen Amarok Still Impresses from Afar," 11 Nov. 2020 Diesel engines need oxygen to operate, so a diesel sub must either be running on the surface or at periscope level, taking in air through a snorkel, to operate normally. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan's Jumbo New Submarine Runs on Lithium-Ion Batteries," 21 Oct. 2020 The Firehawk can also drop 1,000 gallons of water—three times as much as older helicopters—and then use its retractable snorkel to refill its tank from the nearest body of water. David Helvarg, National Geographic, "Fireball-dropping drones and the new technology helping fight fires," 16 Oct. 2020 Guests can also go on a number of resort excursions, including boat snorkel trips and view a traditional Fijian Meke performance and Lovo Night and choir performance. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Rent This Island Resort in Fiji for $14,000 Night — Here’s What You Get," 31 Aug. 2020 Other places will require guests to bring their own, but a starter kit with a mask, snorkel and fins can be found starting around $40. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Swim with the fishes: 11 can’t miss snorkeling spots in Central Florida," 6 Aug. 2020 The resorts that line Kapalua Bay are empty, but a recent snorkel adventure revealed its reefs are teeming with fish diversity. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "When Travel Restarts, Hawaiians Are Hoping for a More Respectful Future," 18 June 2020 On Oahu, researchers have already witnessed an increase in fish life and improved coral health since the March closure of Hanauma Bay, a snorkel site that usually sees 3,000 daily visitors. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "When Travel Restarts, Hawaiians Are Hoping for a More Respectful Future," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So, in order to avoid having to snorkel at all, the SMX31E will use none of these technologies. Christina Mackenzie, Popular Science, "Electric propulsion makes this French submarine concept extra sneaky," 30 Nov. 2020 With features like these, the archipelago makes for an idyllic sanctuary where guests can snorkel, scuba dive, swim, and savor some truly unforgettable sunsets. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "9 Mistakes to Avoid in the Maldives," 22 Aug. 2020 The most popular cruise is the three-hour island excursion (offered from March to October), which anchors at Bird Island, where passengers can float or snorkel for a while. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Have you seen this floating tiki hut in Orange Beach?," 2 Sep. 2020 The clear turquoise waters here are protected by a reef, making the area excellent for snorkeling. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "25 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 20 May 2020 This week’s episode is all about the surprisingly weird world of play: Bog snorkeling, cheese rolling, baseball bat boning, and so much more. Popular Science, "Why baseball players ‘bone’ their bats," 20 May 2020 And don't forget that Belize sits on the world’s second largest living coral reef, so snorkeling with sharks and scuba diving the famous Great Blue Hole are both viable options. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Spring Break Destinations for Grown-Ups," 21 Feb. 2020 Interactive activities available for extra fees include snorkeling with stingrays, meetups with sloths and otters, sleeping with sharks and more. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "Looking for winter family fun? Try Dallas-Fort Worth’s museums, aquariums and indoor play places," 10 Jan. 2020 Its January and April 2021 tours include stops for reef snorkeling with sea turtles, hikes to the highest point on the island, and swimming with friendly whale sharks. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "9 Unforgettable Ocean Adventures to Plan Now," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of snorkel

Noun

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snorkel

Noun

German Schnorchel

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The first known use of snorkel was in 1945

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“Snorkel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snorkel. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for snorkel

snorkel

noun
How to pronounce snorkel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a special tube that makes it possible to breathe while you are swimming with your head underwater

snorkel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater while using a snorkel

snorkel

noun
snor·​kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl How to pronounce snorkel (audio) \

Kids Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tube used by swimmers for breathing with the head underwater

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling

Kids Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater using a tube for breathing

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